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Sri Lankans Vote on Friday, Hoping to End Instability and Poverty

The cease-fire between the government and Tamil rebels in 2002 was welcomed in this village, where many families sent sons to the army, and sometimes to their deaths, during the two-decade civil war. But the peace seems to be earning Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party little credit here as he faces voters on Friday in the third parliamentary election in four years. The lack of economic opportunity, on the other hand, in a place where the best income possibility is to send a sister or daughter to clean house in the Middle East, has evoked considerable ill will.Full Story

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